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Talking stats: Iran and Australia in critical, must-win matches to make World League semifinals cut


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 18, 2014 – Iran and Australia are in must-win matches against Brazil and Italy, respectively, to complete the cut for the semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball World League at the Nelson Mandela Forum on Friday.

Brazil have booked their semifinal spot by a 3-1 triumph over defending champions Russia on Tuesday, while Italy advanced to the semifinal with a straight sets win against USA on the opening day of the Final Round.

Statistical preview – World League Finals – Day 3

- Brazil and Iran had four meetings in the World League – all in this season – with both teams winning twice.

- Three of these encounters were five-setters, where Brazil won two.

- Iran have won 10 of the 18 sets they played against Brazil.

- Brazil have reached the semifinal phase in seven of the last eight World League seasons, only failing to make it in 2012.

- Brazil have won seven of their 13 matches this season, including their last four.

Iran need to win against Brazil, otherwise Russia will take the spot.

- If Iran prevail, the elimination of Russia will be the third successive season a defending champion fail to reach the semifinals.

- Pool H contenders Australia and Italy have met four times in the 1999 World League, Italy won all these matches.

- Australia have played 27 World League matches and have won seven so far.

- Four of the seven victories of Australia came in their last five matches.

- Italy snapped their longest World League losing streak when they defeated USA in straight sets.

- Italy can win their first two Final Round matches for the second year in a row.

- Italy are aiming for their first World League crown since 2000 and earn their ninth title in total.

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